Pope Francis on Saturday said abortion can never be excused no matter the situation.
The Pope urged doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term.
While speaking to a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, Francis said the opposition to abortion isn’t a religious issue but a human one.
“Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem?” he asked. “Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?”
Francis denounced decisions to abort based on prenatal testing, saying a human being is “never incompatible with life.”
He said even the babies that are destined to die at birth also deserve the best of care in the womb.
“Taking care of these children helps parents to grieve and not only think of it as a loss but as a step on a path taken together,” Francis said.